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VOL. 129 | NO. 181 | Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Memphis Police Discover More Rape Kits

  12:41pm

Memphis Police have found in recent weeks 196 more rape kits in previously unsearched areas where police store evidence, Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong told Memphis City Council members Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Seeking Long-Term Outcomes

Memphis Athletic Ministries builds ‘holistic person’

Long-term outcomes, such as improved high school graduation rates and reduced dropout rates, are the ultimate objectives of the Memphis Athletic Ministries’ still-young Academic Diligence program.

Retirees Sue As Council Adjusts Health Insurance Changes

Three retired Memphis Police officers and the widow of a Memphis Police officer filed suit Tuesday, Sept. 16, against the city of Memphis seeking a temporary restraining order to stop changes in city government health insurance benefits by the time the open enrollment period begins next month.

Southern Airways Moving Hub to Memphis International

  2:36pm

Southern Airways Express is moving its primary hub from Olive Branch Airport in DeSoto County to a private terminal located at Memphis International Airport.

Cargill to Close Memphis Corn Mill

  5:31pm

Cargill Inc. will close its Memphis corn mill in January, a move that will impact 440 employees.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
75°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: 6 mph
Humidity: 73%

EVENTS

Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will meet Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Racquet Club, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Phil Trenary, president and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber, will present “Selling Memphis: locally, nationally and internationally.” Cost for nonmembers is $35 at the door. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

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RiverFit Brings Activity to Tom Lee Park

Riverfront Development Corp. President Benny Lendermon, while advocating for the creation of Beale Street Landing, once referred to Tom Lee Park as one of the worst parks in the country.

FedEx to Hike Ground, Express Delivery Rates

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – FedEx says it will raise U.S. rates for express, ground and home-delivery shipments by an average of 4.9 percent in January.

First South Launches More Secure Cards

First South Financial is preparing to roll out credit cards embedded with new chip technology that offer users more protection than the standard piece of plastic today.

Ball Targets Carr's Tea Party Supporters

Gordon Ball, the Democratic challenger to Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, is basing his uphill challenge of Alexander on his specific definition of being a moderate Democrat and where that intersects with tea party followers.

NEWSMAKERS

Meritan’s Branch Named Among Top Nurses

Cindy Branch, Meritan’s associate vice president for health services, has been selected to represent Tennessee as one of the nation’s top 50 home care and hospice nurses by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Home Healthcare Nurses Association. Branch, a registered nurse, has oversight of Meritan’s nursing programs, including home health, private duty nursing and medical residential homes. She will be recognized at NACH’s annual meeting in October.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Five Top Sales Negotiation Mistakes

More than 75 percent of the sales reps I’ve coached through the years cite price as their number one objection. Given the state of our economy for the last several years, it’s no wonder. And even though our economy is beginning to rebound, the side effect of a recession is the bargainer’s mindset that it creates in the market.

Government for the Prosperity of the People

The reporting out of the US on China is uniformly downbeat. By applying our western perspectives, China appears inhumane, politically oppressive, over-indebted and fragile.

MEMPHIS AREA

Memphis-Based Feed Company Agrees to Fraud Settlement

  11:46am

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Securities and Exchange Commission officials say a Tennessee-based animal feed company has agreed to pay back $18 million in illegal profits from an accounting fraud.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Gets Grant to ID Worker Misclassification

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee has received a $499,000 federal grant for efforts to stop worker misclassification.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee Recidivism Among Key Topics During Hearings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The chairman of a legislative panel examining criminal justice reform in Tennessee says he will share information from hearings this week with a special task force the governor has appointed.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US CEOs Less Optimistic About Hiring, Spending

WASHINGTON (AP) – Optimism among chief executives at the largest U.S. companies fell in the July-September quarter after reaching a two-year high in the previous quarter.

UPS Expects to Hire Up to 95,000 Seasonal Workers

ATLANTA (AP) – UPS plans to hire up to 95,000 workers to help deliver packages during the busy holiday season – an increase from last year, when the company was caught unprepared for a boom in online shopping.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Social Security Resumes Mailing Benefit Statements

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Social Security Administration has resumed mailing statements to workers letting them know the estimated benefits they will get when they retire, the agency announced Tuesday.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 86 182 13,079
MORTGAGES 135 267 17,025
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 15 36 3,336
BUILDING PERMITS 366 366 30,930
BANKRUPTCIES 69 135 12,478
BUSINESS LICENSES 23 43 4,532
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 182 328 19,221
MARRIAGE LICENSES 32 67 3,976

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